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Extended Impact: VIC Biodiversity Credit + April Salumei Rainforest Conservation

This product combines a certified REDD+ carbon credit from TEM’s April Salumei project in PNG with a Biological Diversity Unit (BDU) in Victoria – blending measurable carbon reduction with a local impact on native Australian biodiversity.  

Project Type

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+); and Biodiversity Unit (Grassland Protection)

Carbon Standard

VERRA Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) + Vegetation Link

Unit Type

VCU + BDU* | *The Budgreum project is NOT a verified carbon project.

Methodology

VM0007 REDD+ Methodology Framework {Avoided Planned (Sanctioned) Deforestation (REDD-APD)}

Project ID

VCS1122

Vintage

2014-2015

For businesses looking to make a verifiable global and local impact. 

Ecosystems around the planet are under threat from farming, logging and invasive species.  

This “Extended Impact” project solution from TEM in partnership with Wilderlands enables businesses to support the permanent protection of Australian native ecosystems in specific locations, while also investing in rainforest protection in Papua New Guinea through an independently verified carbon project. 

Combining these two projects meets the requirements of the Australian Government’s Climate Active Program, with each unit retired on an independent registry. 

April Salumei Rainforest Conservation 

The April Salumei REDD+ project is located in Papua New Guinea, a country which contains ~7% of the world’s biodiversity in less than 1% of the world’s total land area. ​ 

The project protects and sustainably manages nearly 200,000 hectares of globally significant pristine rainforest in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. The project area has previously been recognised as an exceptional biodiversity hotspot by the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standard (SCS, 2011). Before becoming a carbon project, the area was planned to be cleared for logging. Additionally, it contributes to a myriad of benefits to local communities and biodiversity. 

For more details on the April Salumei REDD+ project please visit: April Salumei Rainforest Conservation: 2014-2015 vintage 

 

Sustainable Development Goals

   

Budgerum Grassland Protection 

Budgerum is located in the heart of the Victorian Riverina, 250 kilometres north of Melbourne.

This rich grasslands spreads across the vast plains alongside the Avoca River and helps protect the Critically Endangered ‘Natural Grasslands of the Murray Valley Plains’.

Home to over 107 plant species, it includes Chariot Wheels (Maireana cheelii), Bristly Love-grass (Eragrostis setifolia), Long Eryngium (Eryngium paludosum), Veined Peppercress (Lepidium phlebopetalum), Umbrella Wattle (Acacia oswaldii) and Bush Minuria (Minuria cunninghamii) which are all considered threatened.

Budgerum’s native bird diversity includes many of the grassland species such as Little Button-quail, Australasian Pipit, Stubble Quail, Horsfield’s Bushlark, and other larger raptor species such as the Brown Goshawk, Black-shouldered Kite and Wedge-tailed Eagle.The property also boasts suitable habitat for the critically endangered Plains-wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus), however they haven’t officially been confirmed on the property to date.

Vulnerable fauna species include the Fat-tailed Dunnart (Sminthopsis crassicaudata), a small native carnivorous marsupial mouse, which was recorded on the remote cameras on the property as well as supporting the security of habitat for the large and striking Tree Goanna.

For more details on the Budgerum project, visit our project partners at Wilderlands: Budgerum, VIC | Wilderlands.earth

How are the Grasslands in Budgerum protected?

Natural Grasslands of the Murray Valley Plains in Victoria have been so extensively cleared since colonisation that less than 0.5% of their original extent remains today. Despite all the legislative protection these grasslands and their associated threatened species have, they are still being cleared and cultivated. Once they are lost, they are never able to fully return to their pre-cultivation state. The Budgerum Grassland remained at high risk of being converted to intensive agriculture. It is a relic, a museum piece, containing areas that have not been subjected to clearing or cropping. Permanent protection of this property was the only way to ensure its conservation forever.

The property, owned and managed by Wilderlands’ conservation partner, Cassinia Environmental, is now operating as a dedicated conservation reserve, protected under a Conservation Covenant made under the Victorian Conservation Trust Act 1972 (Vic) and administered by Trust for Nature.

What are BDUs and how are they created and verified? 

At the Budgerum site, one Biological Diversity Unit (BDU) equates to one square meter of land permanently protected to maintain and enhance the integrity of its biological diversity.

Budgerum is also a registered credit site on the Victorian Native Vegetation Credit Register (NVCR). Cassinia Environmental, the Budgerum landowner, voluntarily “retires” these statutory compliance units, so they can’t be used as a compliance offset. Wilderlands then geotags each unit and registers the now “voluntary” units on the independently managed Vegetation Link registry – effectively creating the Biological Diversity Units. When you purchase these units, each purchase is linked to a Certificate of Sale issued by Vegetation Link.

Periodic inspections of the property are conducted by Trust for Nature (Victoria), with additional monitoring conducted by Wilderlands Ecologists.

 

Sustainable Development Goals

Project Location

The April Salumei project protects more than 603,712 hectares, of virgin tropical rainforest in Papua New Guinea.                                                                                                                                                                             The Budgerum Project is located in the heart of the Victorian Riverina, 250 kilometres north of Melbourne

value

$10.00/Tonne of CO2e + 1 Square Meter Protected

Tonne of CO2e + 1 Square Meter Protected

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Your purchase goes to the procurement of fully verified and independently audited carbon offset projects. TEM’s operational, due-diligence, risk management and marketing costs are also included in the list price. By purchasing from these projects, you are mobilising capital to support the project’s ongoing operations and benefits, alongside of ensuring measurable emissions reductions and avoidance.

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  • The cost to source, deliver and/or procure projects – Sourcing, purchasing and holding carbon units.
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